Thursday, September 30, 2010

Exciting News

I have long been a fan of Lanai Kinsky and her beadwork.  She is such a talented bead artist. Her Spring Rose pattern is one that I have drooled over forever!!

She is featured in the latest issue of BEADWORK magazine (Oct/Nov 2010) with a beautiful bracelet and earring set that is just wonderful.

She has her own website in which she offers her patterns and kits for her designs.  She has most graciously offered to include my beadwork patterns on her site!  I am so excited.  I hope you will go and check out her wonderful site!

Have a great day!

~Nancy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Glimmering Necklace

Just a quick post to share with you another necklace.  I have been wanting to make a beaded link chain and have been playing with options.  This chain is made with a continuous weave, meaning the links are not separate but connected even though they appear as individual links.  

I made this a long necklace, it is 26" in length, to wear with high neck tops.  The pendant is just a little bit of beaded flash.  I encircled a rivoli with lots of 11/0s, 15/0s and 3 mm crystals and then suspended it from the beaded chain with another link.  i have a bracelet in the works that includes rivolis within the chain.

It was a fun project to work on!  I hope you enjoyed seeing it!

Have a great day.  ~Nancy

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Musings

Marcie Abney wrote a great post on Creative Musings (click here). It got me to thinking. I think so many of us have been there, in many different craft areas. We see something and say "oh I could do that" without really acknowledging the creator.

I remember going to a craft show years ago with two friends. We noticed these really cute candy trains made out of wrapped candy (Lifesavers, Nerds, etc.) At the time I was teaching 3rd Grade Sunday School and thought they would make a cute little Christmas gift for my students. My one friend whispered not too softly “Oh you can make that yourself” to which my other friend said “Yes but you should buy one if you are going to copy the idea” or something to that effect. Now I realize that the person who made it may or may not have been the originator of the idea but the concept has stuck with me. We need to give credit where credit is due. By purchasing one of the candy trains, I would have acknowledged the person who made it, instead of diminishing them by saying that I could do it without their help (by having the item). I am not saying this very well, sorry.

I think that it is important to acknowledge where we get our ideas from, even when we are taking inspiration from another source. Sometimes I will see another’s work and it will inspire me not to copy their work but to play with a new stitch or explore an old one in a new way. I like to acknowledge where the inspiration comes from!!  For example, when watching the movie "Indiscreet" with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman,  I was inspired by the necklace that Ingrid Bergman wore in one of the scenes to create the "Maricot" necklace.  It is a simple but elegant necklace that reflects the much more stunning necklace in the movie.

Marcie also talks about how she found her own style and originality. This is really important because it is hard to create something that is not inherent in who you are. I try to break out and use new colors but they usually don't inspire me because it isn’t who I am and I get bored and walk away, often not even finishing the project. It is so important to be who you are and make that special and unique to you. That is really what will draw people to your work because your passion will be reflected in your work!

I hope that you take the time to read her post. It has given me lots of food for thought for how I do things and why I do things.
Have a great day. Happy Beading,

Nancy

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ideas

I know it is only the beginning of September but my mind is already working on my Christmas list and what I would like to make for family, friends, teachers, etc. I was going through some of my patterns and pulled out a few past and recent designs that work up quickly to share with you if you are looking for some ideas. (If you are interested, I included a link to the pattern by clicking on the name of the pattern below.)

First is Thryza's Charm.  It is a neat right angle weave project that goes together in an evenings work.  It has a unique bangle shape to it and is lots of fun!!


Verity is another fun right angle weave project that is very elegant with its netweave overlay!!   There is even an option that incorporates a dangle with.

Elspeth bracelet and earrings work up quickly and adapt well to many colorways.  Both work up in an evening.










The Shaitana earrings are one of my favorite. It is a very elegant and adaptable pattern.  It is a great pattern for learning how to bead around a rivoli.  Again these work up in an evening and make a beautiful gift.



A few years ago I  made a series of peyote bead bracelets.  One of my favorites was this Back to School Wishes bracelet.  With A, B, C peyote beads and delightful ceramic pencils and apples it is the perfect teacher gift!!  For a limited time I am going to have the pattern for this bracelet, the Christmas Wishes bracelet and the Valentine's Wishes bracelet available as individual patterns.  Of course the best deal is to get all 12 Wishes bracelets available in one file.

Among my favorite bracelet projects this year was the Canterbury bracelet.  I have to say that it is an addicting pattern to make.  It works up in an evening and has so many possibilities.  These are two of my favorites of the colorways that I have made!!




And last but not least is this bracelet made with far-falle beads or peanut beads as they are also known.  Far-falle beads are fun to work with and give an added dimension to your beadwork.  I am going to be picking up some more soon to play with so I am sure that they will make another appearance here soon.  This was my first project with far-falle beads.  It is a lovely bracelet called "Far-falling bracelet".  I know hardly original but fun!  This was another bracelet that I was addicted to making.  What I like about wearing this bracelet is the substantial feel it has due to the dimension of the far-falle beads.

Well I hope that I have gotten your minds thinking about what lovely things you can create for your gift-giving or at the very least enjoyed another peek and these projects.  I will be sure to share with you which I choose to share with my friends and family this year!!

Have a great day!!  Happy Beading.

~Nancy

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Crystal Rhasody

Over the summer I stopped in at The Bead Hive in Coopersburg.  This is the former location of My Father's Beads.  I am going to be teaching there and I wanted to refresh my memory on directions to the place before my first class in September.

While there and perusing all the lovely beads that they have, I came across some 1.8 mm cube beads.  It is a bead that I haven't worked with and thought there was a lot of potential there.  This project is the first one that I finished.  Crystal Rhapsody has a raised edge on both sides that forms the perfect channel for the 6 mm crystals that float down the center.  Of course I rarely make just one of anything anymore so I sat down last week to play with another set of the cubes that I bought.  This time I used a darker blue bead and alternated the fire polish crystals in the center of the bracelet.  (It's all Cindy Wimmer's fault that now I am playing with black and gray beads!! I am sure there is a beaded necklace and bracelet coming in those colors! hehe)
As I finished it up it just seemed to need something!
So I tightened the center by pulling the sides in with seeds and adding a sweet little edging along the sides.  It worked out perfect!  Both bracelets have a very substantial weighty feel to them when worn.

I mentioned that I am going to be teaching at The Bead Hive in Coopersburg.  I am rather excited about it.  I am going to be teaching a combination of old and new patterns there.  I am starting off in September with one of my favorites that I designed when I was first venturing into design.  It is called Sage Gold.  I have made this in several colorways and it is a great beginners project.  If you happen to be in the area, I hope that you will join us!!  I will be teaching this project on Saturday September 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

School is back in session and we are in full swing with soccer season.  I will leave you with a couple of pics of my boys getting into the swing of things!  Needless to say I am proud of them both!

Have a great day!!  ~Nancy